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Focus of SWFL - - Beauty & Style - 88 FO­CUS of SWFL 2014 -Za­bala Erick­son, LLC

Rarely, if at all, do lay peo­ple walk past or sim­ply ob­serve a build­ing and won­der who de­signed it. Of course, th­ese oc­cur­rences hap­pen with well known, his­toric struc­tures such as the Guggen­heim Mu­seum; Frank Lloyd Wright homes and other build­ings; lit­er­ary icons, or other such book wor­thy works of art & de­sign. Per­haps, this will be the case of Fer­nando Za­bala, owner/prin­ci­pal, In­ter­na­tional As­so­ciate, AIA, and Carl Erick­son, owner/prin­ci­pal of Za­bala Erick­son, LLC, a DBE cer­ti­fied ar­chi­tec­tural firm. Za­bala Erick­son, LLC, is an ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign firm, with mufti­faceted com­po­nents that com­bine im­pres­sive aes­thet­ics, in­tegrity, mas­ter­ful crafts­man­ship, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and pas­sion. They also in­fuse ar­chi­tec­tural, tex­tiles, and in­te­rior, de­signs with their en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly doc­trine. Not to men­tion, per­sonal touches of in­spi­ra­tion in their de­sign con­cepts that are sure to ri­val and sur­pass any de­sign firm of this mil­len­nium. Too say the least; it's a pretty bold state­ment when speak­ing of business part­ners who ex­em­plify simplicity in their mis­sion state­ment, adding to the cool, calm, col­lec­tive en­ergy of each in­di­vid­ual per­sona. The own­ers/prin­ci­pals of Za­bala Erick­son, LLC, Fer­nando Za­bala and Carl Erick­son, have worked to­gether since 2004, when their paths first crossed. They would even­tu­ally feel com­pelled to merge their ef­forts in 2012. Each man has cre­ated and main­tained his own iden­tity in the world of pres­ti­gious and lux­ury de­sign for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and or­ga­ni­za­tional en­ti­ties. Fur­ther­more, over the bet­ter side of 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence each, they've man­aged to cre­ate a very lu­cra­tive part­ner­ship. More im­por­tantly, the high achieve­ments of this firm's de­sign team's in­cred­i­ble port­fo­lio has com­bined each one's vi­sion to cre­ate the de­sired re­sult of a win­ning prac­tice. Fer­nando Za­bala, In­ter­na­tional As­so­ciate, AIA, is li­censed in Ar­gentina, where he ob­tained a Master's De­gree in Ar­chi­tec­ture from the Univer­sity of Mar del Plata. Carl Erick­son, earned his Bach­e­lor of Arts De­gree in Ar­chi­tec­ture at Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity, Pitts­burgh, and is li­censed in the U.S. Their company head­quar­ters is lo­cated in Naples, Florida. Mas­ter­fully, they “work to­gether as a team on var­i­ous projects – sup­port­ing and com­pli­ment­ing each other’s vi­sion of de­sign,” said Za­bala. The de­pic­tion in the mes­sage of their pro­fes­sional mis­sion state­ment, although con­fi­dent, is straight to the point in its simplicity. Through “color sat­u­ra­tion and im­agery” one is able to iden­tify their ob­jec­tive right away. It's a nat­u­ral hu­man in­stinct to have a de­sire to know what de­fines suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly from suc­cess­ful peo­ple. In the daily life of Za­bala and Erick­son, as in­di­vid­u­als, in­tegrity is a key el­e­ment of the equa­tion. It ab­so­lutely man­i­fests through­out the work. “I think suc­cess is de­fined by a happy client, and es­pe­cially a longterm happy client,” says Erick­son speak­ing on be­half of both men. “They [client] aren't just happy be­cause they are com­ing into some­thing new, fresh and ex­cit­ing to them, but years later they are still as happy as they've ever been since they took on what­ever project they started. That's re­ally our def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess.” It goes with­out say­ing to th­ese ar­chi­tects; in or­der to make it work suc­cess­fully, the projects must be tech­ni­cally sound, as well as aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful. They go hand in hand. “You can't have one with­out the other; it won't have last­ing value!” said Erick­son. That's their fo­cus and the ex­ten­sion by which they de­fine their suc­cess. Work­ing any part­ner­ship is a huge risk. When asked about hav­ing any con­cerns prior to the part­ner­ship, after hav­ing so many col­lab­o­ra­tive suc­cesses as in­di­vid­u­als, the an­swer was as un­der­stated and hum­ble as the duo. This isn't al­ways an easy task. “Za­bala Erick­son, LLC de­vel­oped very nat­u­rally, to the point where there was the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate this business part­ner­ship be­cause we do share so many con­cepts. We have the same val­ues, and we see the vi­sion, so it's just a v ery sim­ple thing.” Z abala said. The way in which the part­ner­ship works is be­cause they both have a common vi­sion of what they want to achieve. That is what they per­ceive to be the key. They don't just love ar­chi­tec­ture, nor is it just

By Gina Bat­tle Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sar­gent & Daniel New­comb

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